Chadwick Boseman’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepts the late actor's Golden Globe award in an emotional speech

Chadwick Boseman posthumously won the Golden Globe for Best Actor last night

hadwick Boseman and Taylor Simone Ledward attend the 91st Annual Academy Awards
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Taylor Simone Ledward gave an emotional speech at last night's Golden Globes ceremony, as she accepted a posthumous award for her late husband, Chadwick Boseman. 

Boseman, who passed away last year, won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his work opposite Viola Davis in the Netflix film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

In her emotional speech, Boseman's widow thanked his co-stars, friends, family and god, before she went on to comment on what he may have said in his speech.

In the virtual acceptance speech, where Ledward was dressed in a gorgeous gold, Grecian-inspired dress, she said: “He would thank God, he would thank his parents. He would thank his ancestors for their guidance and their sacrifices. He would thank his incredible team.”

Growing visibly emotional, she added: “He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice that tells you that you can, that tells you to keep going, that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing.”

Boseman—who was up against Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Anthony Hopkins (The Father), Gary Oldman (Mank) and Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian) for the Best Actor award—was only 43 years old when he unexpectedly passed away last August, after four years secretly spent battling colon cancer.

An obviously moved Ledward finished with: “I don’t have his words, but we have to take all the moments to celebrate those we love. Thank you for this opportunity to do exactly that.”

Other actors including Renée Zellweger and Boseman's co-star Viola Davis visibly teared up during her acceptance speech.

Chadwick Boseman was best known to moviegoers for playing the lead role in Marvel's Black Panther, a character he also portrayed in Captain America and The Avengers.

In one sweet segment during the Golden Globes telecast, TikTok star La'Ron Hines asked young children questions about award shows and the celebrities who attend them. Many adorably didn't know the right answers to Hines's questions, but when asked who Chadwick Boseman was, all of the kids touchingly answered correctly: Black Panther.

Sarah Finley

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